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In a Dark Time: Community, Memory, and the Making of Ethnic Selves in Okinawan Women’s Narratives

On: January 31st, 2005 at 5:26 pm | Number of Comments » 0

I’m going to have the dullest—or at least the strangest—2005 reading list if I keep this up, but this is what happens during research when there’s little time for pleasure reading. I just finished reading the 2001 Yale University Department of Anthropology dissertation of my friend and colleague, Linda Angst. Don’t get me wrong—it’s not […]


Tennessee Jack and the Kudzu Vine

On: January 31st, 2005 at 8:58 am | Number of Comments » 0

Yesterday was a Daddy-Daughter lunch-and-theater date. I took Safa to Bongo Java for a grilled cheese sandwich and then we walked across the street to Belmont University where the Nashville Ballet was doing a children’s production of “Tennessee Jack and the Kudzu Vine” which, as you can guess, was a localized version of Jack and […]


A as in Apple

On: January 31st, 2005 at 5:55 am | Number of Comments » 0

To all those naysayers who wrote off Apple Computer years ago as dead and irrelevant—and to all those Windows users (aka slaves to Bill Gates’ crappy virus-magnet crash-prone software)—take note that Apple was voted the world’s top brand in 2004. Granted, the brand recognition was no doubt pumped up by the success of the iPod, […]


Satake: Rice and Palm Trees

On: January 30th, 2005 at 4:21 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Browsing the Okinawa Times last night I came across an article about the opening of the “Satake Toshihiko Palm Tree Memorial Museum” (pictured at left) in Ishigaki City in the Yaeyama island chain of the south Ryukyus. Since I’m dealing with palm trees in Okinawa in part of my research, I was instantly interested. But […]


Twilight Samurai (たそがれ清兵衛, Tasogare Seibei, Japan, 2002, DVD)

On: January 29th, 2005 at 11:59 pm | Number of Comments » 0

To kick off my attempt to watch 43 films in 2005, I had decided to start with Twilight Samurai, which swept the Japanese Academy Awards in 2003. But, I didn’t get to it until tonight. The character portrait of a low-ranking samurai, Iguchi Seibei (aka Tasogare—Twilight—Seibei) is effective and affecting. Here’s a guy who is […]


Buster Gets Busted

On: January 29th, 2005 at 9:49 pm | Number of Comments » 0

The new Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings threatened PBS with a withdrawal of public funds if they went ahead and aired the planned Feb. 2 episode of Postcards from Buster in which Buster meets a Vermont girl who has two moms. The moms’ lesbianism is not central to the episode, there’s no mention of their […]


Ringu (リング, The Ring, Japan, 1998, DVD)

On: January 29th, 2005 at 3:56 pm | Number of Comments » 0

So this is the movie that’s credited with ushering in Japanese “new wave horror”? It pretty much bored me. Ringu had the potential to be interesting, and I can see why it might have created some stir (but that’s all relative—typical Japanese horror films are usually pretty lame anyway). Any intriguing element in the film […]


Sammy Sosa: Going, Going, Gone…

On: January 29th, 2005 at 10:57 am | Number of Comments » 0

MLB sources say that the Cubs are close to a deal to trade Sammy Sosa to the Orioles. Being one Cub fan who has had enough of Sammy’s crybabyness and lack of output over the last two years, I am relieved that he’s leaving. But, it is sad too. I loved Sammy on the Cubs. […]